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EPA's budget much bigger than last year

Friday, 15 May 2009

Clean energy. Once Obama became president of the United States it become clear that much more money will be spent by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to boost different sectors that should make United States much more greener than it was during the George Bush period. Going green looks to be big hit among not only U.S. politicians but among the rest of the globe.

If we take a look at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency budget planned for 2010 we can see a substantial increase compared to 2009. EPA's budget will be huge $10,5 billion which is not only the highest EPA budget in history of this organization, but the clear sign that U.S. really wants to fund green projects as much as possible. EPA's budget for 2009 was only $7.1 billion.

Funding green projects involves supporting innovation, investment, and technologies to advance a green economy and the environment, something that has been very rarely done during the George Bush period. The new climate bill would soon be presented to Congress, and America also looks to be leading international efforts to new international climate deal, so it really looks like America has chosen to go green.

However there is still strong opposition, mainly from industry, that doesn't agree upon this new green trend because they feel that such radical turn will weaken already hurt industry, and cause many workers to lose their jobs since America is still dominantly fossil fuels orientated country.

Some politicians are also not too convinced whether now it's the right time to spend it big on green projects, since country is in deep recession. They believe that nation should first work on financial crisis and then anything else but this doesn't seem to better EPA too much because now they finally have president that allows them necessary environmental actions, and that is something they haven't seen in almost a decade.

2010 Budget provides a substantial increase from the 2009 budget, reflecting an enhanced focus environmental challenges. Approved by Congress in April 2009, the increased funding will be targeted at vital areas including investing in water infrastructure, protecting freshwater resources, creating a foundation to address climate change, identifying research gaps, and chemical management.

Sufficient funding is very important thing but not the only one that determines success. EPA will still need adequate legislation, excellent planning and sustainable management before we can talk about final success. This money must be well used on different renewable energy technologies, and this is where different energy experts should give their opinions about what's really the best for U.S., which renewable sources have edge over others, why, and how much do they cost.

As you can see there is still lot of work ahead, but this time U.S. is at least heading to right direction so half of the job is already done. What remains is joint action between science, technology and politics to get the other half done too.

More about EPA's budget you can read here: EPA - Office of the Chief Financial Officer.

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